ITC Fukuoka 2023
ITC Fukuoka 2023

Technical sessions & Symposia

This conference will consist of technical sessions and symposia. The topics and keywords of the technical sessions are as follows. In some symposia, as well as technical sessions, anyone can apply for presentation. In the technical sessions, you can select either oral or poster presentation style. Please note that you may be assigned to a topic other than the one you have chosen due to program.

Technical sessions

(oral and poster presentation)

[Principles of Tribology]

Keywords:contact mechanics, surface topography, stick-slip, friction, wear, boundary and mixed lubrication, hydrodynamic and elastohydrodynamic lubrication, rheology, tribo-chemistry, analytical methods, evaluation method, prediction and control, others

[Engineering Tribology]

Keywords:machine elements, bearings, seals, automotive, space and aerospace, railway, greases, lubricants, additives, manufacturing, micro and nano fabrication, surface texturing, others

[Tribology Simulation]

Keywords:molecular dynamics, fluid dynamics, multi-scale simulation, machine learning, materials informatics, contact mechanics, fluid structure interaction, rheology, tribo-chemical analysis, others

[Advanced Tribology Material]

Keywords:tribomaterials, DLC and carbonaceous hard coating, surface modifications, polymer, solid lubricants, superlubricity, extreme pressure environment, high temperature, vacuum, others

[Bio-Inspired Tribology]

Keywords:biotribology, biomimetics, biomaterials, biolubricants, bio-inspired design, artificial intelligence, human healthcare, human mechanics, human sensations, soft materials, polymer gels, polymer brushes, others

[Tribology for a Sustainable Society]

Keywords:energy savings, environmental compatibility, renewable energy, electric vehicle, wind power generation, green fuels, CCUS, others

Symposia “Reunite, Invigorate and Create an Inspiring Future”

1. Symposium “Principles of Tribology”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Tomoko Hirayama  Kyoto University, Japan
  Alan Hase  Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan
  Nalam Prathima  University at Buffalo, US
  Kai Feng  Hunan University, China
Scope:  Tribology is an interdisciplinary discipline covering friction, wear and lubrication phenomena. Its development has been supported by both science-based fundamental elucidation of the phenomena and engineering applications. This session invites research presentations on a wide range of tribology-related topics. A wide variety of presentations on various approaches, ranging from developments of classical approaches to new methods of analysis and evaluation will be gathered to provide fruitful discussion. The session will be organized into broad categories such as contact mechanics, friction, wear and lubrication.

2. Symposium “Engineering Tribology”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Koshi Adachi  Tohoku University, Japan
Takashi Nogi  KYODO YUSHI CO., LTD., Japan
Mitjan Kalin  University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Satish Vasu Kailas  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Scope:  Tribology exists in every mechanical system that supports the industrial society, and it holds the key to their functions, reliability and durability. Therefore, the evolution of science and the development of technology in the field of tribology have progressed from an engineering point of view. This symposium session will provide an opportunity for information exchange and discussion on tribology related to engineering products on the basis the latest research results. We will select a variety of presentation from the tribology inherent in the engineering products as well as the fields related to the keywords on the list.

3. Symposium “Tribology Simulation”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Hitoshi Washizu  University of Hyogo, Japan
  Tasuku Onodera  ENEOS Corporation, Japan
  Mari Onodera  Panasonic Industry, Japan
  Nicolas Fillot  INSA Lyon, France
  Lars Pastewka  Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Scope:  Since tribology is a part of mechanical and chemical engineering, computer aided engineering should be useful. The complexity and dynamic nature of the system is, however, made difficult to apply the tool. In these 20 years, molecular simulation and fluid dynamics approach combined with high performance computing made significant progress to this field. More recently, not only the computational science but also data science is also becoming an important tool in this field. In our session Modeling of Tribology, we would discuss recent progress in both computational science and data science approach to a wide field of Tribology. Not only pure computational science but also combination with experiments will be discussed.

4. Symposium “Advanced Tribology Material”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Hiroyuki Kousaka  Gifu University, Japan
  Chao Wang  Shenzhen University, China
  Yoshinori Takeichi  Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
  Sujeet K. Sinha  Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  Yosuke Nishitani  Kogakuin University, Japan
  Atsushi Hirata  Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  Anirudha V. Sumant  Argonne National Laboratory, US
  Takayuki Tokoroyama  Nagoya University, Japan
Scope:  Tribology's scientific and technological contributions to improving the global environment are represented by "energy saving by reducing friction" and "life-time extension by reducing wear". Advanced material technologies such as hard coating materials, solid lubricants, and super engineering plastics have played a major role as effective means. This symposium will focus on ultra-low friction and improved wear resistance brought about by coating materials such as DLC, CNx, ta-C and so on, nanomaterials such as CNTs and fullerenes, and resin-based composite materials, that is, advanced tribology materials. We will deeply discuss the mechanism by which advanced tribology materials exert their effects and the optimal design guidelines for maximizing their effectiveness.

5. Symposium “Bio-Inspired Tribology”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Ken Nakano  Yokohama National University, Japan
Yoshinori Sawae  Kyushu University, Japan
Koji Yamamoto  Doshisha University, Japan
Marc Masen  Imperial College London, UK
Scope:  Research inspired by living organisms is being intensively conducted in various scientific and engineering fields, in which the materials and systems of remarkable functions beyond conventional wisdom have been developed. The tribology field is no exception: similar research trends have arisen for decades. This symposium session, Bio-Inspired Tribology, will provide an opportunity to consider and discuss the future of Biotribology, together with that of Soft-Materials Tribology, to drive our interdisciplinary activities. We will select various papers not only from the classical tribology field but also from potentially tribology-related fields for organic discussion and fruitful brainstorming.

6. Symposium “Tribology for a Sustainable Society”
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Shinya Sasaki  Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Mathias Woydt  MATRILUB, Germany
Scope:  Against the background of global environmental problems, various efforts toward carbon neutrality in 2050 are accelerating with the aim of building a sustainable society. In tribology, in addition to promoting energy conservation more than ever, new technology development for expanding renewable energy and reducing environmental load is required. Based on the latest research results, this symposium will provide a forum for information exchange and discussion on issues that tribology should contribute to in the future.


(oral presentation only)

1. Instabilities in Tribology: Phenomena, Analyses, and Countermeasures
(anyone can apply as well as technical sessions)

Organizers:  Tetsuo Yamaguchi  The University of Tokyo, Japan
  Ken Nakano  Yokohama National University, Japan
  Hiroshi Matsukawa  Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
  Jean-François Molinari  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  Valentin Popov  Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Scope:  Instability appears in various tribological systems, such as transition from static to dynamic friction, stick-slip motion, squeal noise, chattering, scuffing, seizure, etc. It is observed in a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, ranging from atomic friction to plate boundary earthquakes. In this session, we focus on the dynamical aspects of such phenomena and share the common features. We invite presentations from different disciplines in engineering and science of tribo-dynamics.

2. Mesoscopic Tribology Bridging the Gap between Nano- and Macro-scale
(anyone can apply as well as technical sessions)

Organizers:  Naruo Sasaki  The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
  Hiroshi Matsukawa  Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
  Shinji Yamada  Kao Corporation, Japan
  Kouji Miura  The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Scope:  Recently, in the fields of mechanical engineering and materials engineering, remarked change of mechanical properties between nanoscale and macroscale has attracted attentions of many researchers. For example, MEMS measurements and theoretical simulations have shown that silicon materials used as mechanical elements exhibit brittle fracture on a macroscopic scale although they show transition to ductile fracture on a sub-microscale. The stress and pull-off force of metallic nano junction are reported to be different from those evaluated on the macroscale. In the liquid lubrication, the formation of sub-microscale domains of lubricant molecules at the sliding interface and its stability largely affects the lubrication properties. In order to understand the difference between nanoscale and macroscale physical properties, statistical mechanics has traditionally been used in the field of physics. However, the intermediate region between nano and macro, that is to say, mesoscale, physical properties around sub-micrometers, has yet to be understood. In this symposium, we aim to discuss physics in the mesoscopic area that bridges the gap between nano and macro using both experimental (friction force microscope, micrometer, surface forces apparatus, etc.) and theoretical methods, from the viewpoint of tribology. We would like to not only connect the gap between nano and macro academically, but also provide a clue to breakthroughs in multiscale technology that contributes to carbon neutrality and SDGs.

3. Lubricants for Contributing to Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development Goals
(invited and designated speakers only)

Organizers:  Kenta Nakamura  Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute, Japan
  Yusuke Yanagisawa  Chevron Japan Ltd., Japan
  Yasushi Naitoh  Japan
Scope:  At COP26 held in 2021, it was agreed to pursue efforts to keep the temperature rise to 1.5 ℃ and to reconsider the reduction target for 2030 by the end of 2022 if necessary. Lubricants have been involved in improving machine life and efficiency for many years, and have contributed to the prevention of global warming by working to save energy through technologies such as improving viscosity characteristics and optimizing friction modifiers. On the other hand, from the viewpoint of further contribution to carbon neutrality, in addition to these technologies, it is necessary to reduce carbon emissions in both the procurement of raw materials and the production of lubricating oil for the future. This symposium will focus on base oil and additive technologies for lubricating oils toward further energy conserving and carbon neutrality.

4. Latest Technology Trends for Lubricating Greases
(anyone can apply as well as technical sessions)

Organizers:  Junichi Imai  KYODO YUSHI CO.,LTD, Japan
  Sumiko Hibino  Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
Scope:  Members of JAST Technical Committee on Grease have organized this symposium, to share deep knowledge regarding the latest technologies for lubricating greases and to understand the relationship between these grease technologies and their intended applications. We hope through exchange of our knowledge and subsequent discussion that we can contribute to the advancement of expertise in lubricating greases. We also hope that this symposium will promote networking amongst both domestic and international colleagues, to make valuable connections between grease specialists from around the world. We are looking forward to an excellent and productive symposium.

5. Advances in Sealing Technology Contributing to Environment
(anyone can apply as well as technical sessions)

Organizers:  Masayuki Ochiai  Tokai University, Japan
  Hirotaka Mizuta  NOK Corporation, Japan
Scope:  Seals are important mechanical elements that not only support the stable operation of machines due to their sealing function, but are also directly related to environmental protection and energy saving. This symposium is primarily intended to provide an opportunity to meet domestic and foreign engineers interested in sealing technology from Academia and Industry to gather and share their knowledge regarding the reduction of environmental impacts thanks to innovative sealing systems. Further it is expected to discuss new ideas for deeper understanding of mechanisms for future development in this field.

6. The 4th Czech-Japan Tribology Workshop
(anyone can apply as well as technical sessions)

Chairman:  Hatsuhiko Usami  Meijo University, Japan
Vice-chair:  Tomohiro Sato  Kansai University, Japan
Vice-chair:  Yutaka Kameyama   Tokyo City University, Japan
Secretariat:  Ryo Tsuboi  Daido University, Japan
Organizers:  Yoshinori Sawae  Kyushu University, Japan
  Kazuyuki Yagi  Kyushu University, Japan
  Seido Yarimitsu  Kyushu University, Japan
  Hua Chen  Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
  Yuuki Kamei  Showa Denko, Japan
  David Nečas  Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  Petr Šperka  Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  Radovan Galas  Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  Frantisek Lofaj  Slovakia Academy of Science, Slovakia
Scope:  Czech Republic is located on the central region and has been established regional cooperation organization with Hungary, republic of Poland and Slovak republic, so called V4 group. Advanced education basis has been established in Cezch republic from early on, lots of excellent scientists and engineers are produced. In the V4 group, Czech takes a leading role in industrial fields. In addition, Japanese government emphasizes the relation with V4 group and the summit between V4 group and Japan was held then the collaboration is promoted in various fields. The objective of the workshop is to provide opportunities of exchange as consistently of promotion of international cooperation of Japanese society of tribolojists and to establish continuous foundation of scientific and technical collaboration for future. Four research topics, tribo materials processing, bio tribology, fundamentals of EHL and tribology in industry are selected in the current workshop. Latest research topic is presented and discussed the future policy strategy are discussed. The workshop session consists of the research topic as mentioned above chaired with Czech and Japanese participants and General participation will be welcome. The workshop is held as a part ITC conference and all participant applies ITC conference. No additional application is necessary.